Andrea Horwath MPP, Hamilton-Centre

Government of Ontario

Horwath calls for recovery support for autoworkers, Windsor’s economy

Published on February 14, 2022

WINDSOR — As Windsor recovers from the illegal blockade at the Ambassador Bridge, Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the province to replace the income lost by workers and small businesses — including many people who work in Ontario’s auto sector.

Horwath was in Windsor Monday along with the NDP team to meet with local officials, and with people impacted by the illegal blockade. While auto parts, medical supplies, agrifood and agrifood supplies and other critical shipments were stuck at the border, some schools closed and neighbourhoods were disrupted. She thanked police that came from all over Ontario to respond to the crisis and said, now, the province needs to make workers and small businesses whole.

“Autoworkers were sent home and their plants went dark — but they still need to pay the mortgage, hydro and grocery bills. Working folks should not be left to pay the price for the insurrection at the border.

“Doug Ford had the power all along to help end the illegal blockade on Ambassador Bridge, but for too long, he chose not to. Working folks shouldn’t have to pay for that choice. If I were premier today, I’d cut cheques to pay back workers for any shift that was cancelled and reimburse small businesses for their losses — and that’s exactly what I’m calling on Doug Ford to do.”

Horwath said she remains extremely concerned that Ford is not using his powers to clear the escalating occupation in Ottawa — saying no community can rest until the flames of the insurrection have been put out.